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Murder suspect allegedly dumped wife in lake, too

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By Gregg Aamot

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Mound, Minn., man charged with killing his wife's friend was so enraged about her relationship with the man that he threw her overboard on Lake Minnetonka, according to a criminal complaint.

Jeffrey Skelton threw his wife, Marilyn -- who can't swim -- into the lake two nights before the slaying, the woman told police. He drove off, came back and fished her out of the water and dropped her off on the shore. That night, she went to her friend Michael Delmore's house and stayed the weekend.

Sunday morning, Jeffrey Skelton later admitted to police, he broke into Delmore's house and shot him.

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Skelton, 50, was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Delmore, 53, of Mound. Prosecutors will ask a grand jury to consider first-degree murder charges, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar said. Skelton was also charged with two counts of making terroristic threats.

According to a criminal complaint, Skelton, who turned himself in about six hours after the Sunday morning shooting, told a Hennepin County sheriff's deputy, "I've done what I wanted to do, I'll turn myself in."

Skelton is accused of going to Delmore's house and shooting him five times while Marilyn Skelton was in the bathroom taking a shower. Marilyn Skelton told police she heard gun shots and saw Skelton standing over Delmore with a gun pointed at him, according to the complaint.

Skelton went to the bathroom, pointed the gun at his wife and fled, Marilyn Skelton told police.

Marilyn Skelton called police, and an officer found Delmore's body on the kitchen floor. An autopsy showed that Delmore was shot in the foot, chest, eye and groin, the complaint said.

The shooting touched off a manhunt for Skelton, who apparently called WCCO Radio after hearing a report about the shooting. A man identifying himself as Skelton told the station he had intended to just shoot Delmore in the foot.

The Skeltons and Delmore all worked for Xcel Energy Inc., authorities said.

The two-page criminal complaint said Jeffrey and Marilyn Skelton, while boating Friday on Lake Minnetonka, had argued about "the fact that she was having an affair with Delmore." That's when Jeffrey Skelton threw his wife into the water, Marilyn Skelton told police.

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